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From the mountains of Utah to the trenches of Vimy Ridge, Elliott BROOD’s songs have travelled the gore and glory of history in equal measure for nearly a decade. With the stomp and thrash of their early albums, Elliott BROOD carved their niche drawing from history and memory. As heavy and harrowing the past can be, for Elliott BROOD, it is also a generous companion, giving the gift of appreciation for times of peace and grace.
Shred Kelly is a five-piece, alternative folk-rock band that emerged from the heart of the Canadian Rockies in 2009. Over the past decade, the band have taken their highly energetic live show from humble beginnings on the Canadian ski-town circuit to the international stage.
With Keeper, Elliott BROOD’s seventh album, the trio deals with the past in more personal terms. The title, which speaks to loyalty and longevity, sets the tone for an album that explores the strength of conviction, and how that strength is tested, again and again, over time. Thoughts of worthiness and dedication, and their emotional flip sides, inform a collection that sees the band exploring those battlefields much closer to home.
For the first taste of Keeper, a bright acoustic intro bursts into the buoyant, carefree chorus of “Stay Out,” a song about when and why we find our ways home. Mixed by Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers) and engineered by Daryl Neudorf (Neko Case), “Stay Out” is all blue sky and sunshine even while it revels in the night. The song weighs the fleeting elation of recklessness against the deeper ties that bind.
The subject of family relationships, the push and pull of gratitude and conflict, reappears in more complicated forms with “Full of Wires,” a song about not leaving things unsaid, and “A Month of Sundays,” the fallout after too much is said. Keeper is especially focused on enduring, complex, long-term relationships, those into which we are born, those in which we grow older.
With dips into 50s slapback throwback in “No Way Out,” the metallic edges of “Bird Dog” - one of two songs mixed by Tool/ Johnny Cash producer Sylvia Massy - and the splashes of synth on “The Coast,” Elliott BROOD continue to expand their sound beyond their acoustic origins. Keeper, created during mini writing and recording retreats while hopping across the summer festival circuit, marks another satisfying chapter in the ongoing evolution of Elliott BROOD.
From the Polaris Music Prize short listed breakout album Mountain Meadows to the JUNO Award winning Days Into Years, the well-traveled trio of Mark Sasso, Casey Laforet and Stephen Pitkin have created a body of work that is at once meticulous and boisterous, substantial and entertaining.
The band’s striking and energy-packed sound has evolved from their eclectic musical influences and their unique experiences as individuals. Their progressive pairing of acoustic instrumentation with electric counterparts, harmonies, and driving rhythm, continues to develop and reach new heights. Pushing the boundaries of the genre, they have incorporated a wide range of influences to create a sound that is uniquely called ‘Stoke Folk.’ The band is best known for their dynamic, high-energy and engaging live show that leaves no dance floor vacant.
Shred Kelly has garnered themselves sold-out shows across Canada, performed at some of the Nation’s premier festivals, and received a growing list of awards and recognition. They recently won ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Live Act’ at 2015 Kootenay Music Awards and won the 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for ‘Best Music Video’ for their latest single ‘Sing to the Night. In 2017 they performed in Australia as part of the Break Out West's 3-act representation at Australian Music Week.
On Shred Kelly’s fifth album, Like a Rising Sun, one can sense a change of direction for the group as if life has taken a sharp turn for the alternative-folk rockers. From the first strum of “Rising Sun” to the dissonant fadeout of “Disconnect”, a fast paced and emotional album is laid out through 11 tracks that tell of major life upheaval in rapidly changing times. Written mostly in 2019 when lead singers/songwriters Tim Newton and Sage McBride welcomed their first child into the world only to lose Tim’s father to an illness one month later. The joy, sadness and uncertainty of that time allowed for a new lease on their highly energetic music and the stories they tell. The album is woven together in the immediate aftermath with themes of love, life, death, fear for the future, and new beginnings.
Since the album’s release, Shred Kelly has received positive reviews in Canada and internationally, Spotify Editorial Playlisting, a video feature by Grant Lawerence on CBC, International radio play, regular rotation on Sirus XM and Radio Eins in Berlin, and featured on Canadian alternative radio stations. They self-produced their own Tiny Concert Tour through BC & Alberta in the summer of 2021 through a partnership with On The Road Productions to bring live music back, and went on to open for ‘The Dead South’ on 12 European dates in November of that year. They were nominated for Rock Artist of the Year at The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Sing to the Night named “Top 15 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015? – CBC Music
Sing to the Night is a huge step forward for this young group. – Exclaim Magazine
Shred Kelly’s ‘Sing to the Night’ breaks from the pack and demonstrates a fresh, distinct sound. With great consistency, compelling tone, and overall fantastic music - Aesthetic Magazine
Free Press Folk Fest Faves – Favorite Big Blue @ Night Shows – Shred Kelly – Winnipeg Free Press